Yayoi Kusama: A Distant Darkness

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Although I often think of Yayoi Kusama as a sculptor, the “Infinity Rooms” she creates at the Hirschhorn Museum cause the viewer to be immersed in her mind and emotions in a way that transcends three dimensions. Since the 1960s, Kusama has been creating mirrored rooms filled with lights and her signature polka-dot patterns, but this is the first time her major works have been installed in the US as they were intended. At this point in time, it is difficult to grasp the huge reach and influence of Kusama’s career. Whether working in film, fashion, graphic design, or installation art, she has embodied the avant garde for 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

I pray with all of my love for tulips at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (top), one of Kusama’s first mirrored room installations (at bottom)

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Through May 14th at the Hirschhorn, the exhibit then tours the US and Canada

http://hirshhorn.si.edu/kusama/

Is This Something?

At Lasell College’s Wedeman Gallery, artist-curator Janet Kawada has created a show that embodies the artist’s quest for ideas. Says Kawada, “Like an archaeologist who sifts through the dirt seeking an image of history to bring to life, an artist is constantly looking intently at the world around them to portray their feeling or vision.” Each of the five women in the show (Hilary Tolan, Janet Kawada, Samantha Fields, Gail Erwin, and Deborah Klotz)  work in widely varying media, from cyanotypes to performance art. The show seems at first visually dissimilar, but time spent with each piece reveals the way in which it embodies the act of exploration. Below, Samantha Fields’ performative installation which will be featured in Sunday’s opening (1-4PM).

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http://www.alumni.massart.edu/s/1432/wide.aspx?sid=1432&gid=1&calcid=906&calpgid=61&pgid=256&ecid=2614&crid=0

William Ellery Channing Dons Pink Pussycat Hat!

So proud of the 100,000 women who marched on Boston Common yesterday. A truly historic event.

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Towards a more organic minimalism

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I read about this eye-opening exhibit on Hyperallergic, one of my favorite art sites, and realize there’s still time to see the NY exhibit. A standout for me is Kazuko Miyamoto’s “Star Piece” (above, 1979)…”a five-pointed star, nine feet in either direction, composed of tightly coiled brown industrial paper, lying on the floor like a spread-eagled body. I immediately, and inexplicably, thought of the death of Ana Mendieta, who, six years after the sculpture was made, fell from the 34th-floor window of her Mercer Street apartment, a half-mile away — a tragedy for which Mendieta’s husband, Carl Andre, was tried and acquitted.”

http://hyperallergic.com/345572/another-hidden-chapter-of-70s-abstraction/

Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, Bowery, Manhattan through January 15, 2017

 

Claudia Olds Goldie: Skin Deep

Claudia Olds Goldie’s  figurative ceramic work investigates the complex contradictions of body, mind, and perception, examining how living and aging change the psyche and the physical body. Focusing on the lives and bodies of women, she examines nature’s design and the forces that inevitably alter it.

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5    Boston Sculptors Gallery

3a. Navigating a Dream (back)

One of my favorites of 2016…

http://hyperallergic.com/332665/invisible-ceramics-and-women-made-of-bread-fill-a-european-art-park/

Eva Hesse documentary a must-see

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Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre recently hosted a short run of the documentary “Eva Hesse” by Marcie Begleiter, a work as humane and complex as the sculptor herself. Hesse’s childhood and relationships with other artists, including Sol LeWitt, are touchingly brought into focus. Her enormous creative energy and prescient intellect will be new to many viewers, but it’s Hesse’s work that takes center stage. Haunting, gorgeous, personal, and raw, it has inspired two generations of sculptors since Hesse’s death and will influence many more. An appraisal of her oeuvre that is overdue and welcome, this is a must-see.

http://www.evahessedoc.com/

Freedom Baird’s blue tree

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Sculptor Freedom Baird‘s decision to decorate trees was not undertaken lightly—but even as decoration, her sculpture illuminates the growth and life of trees. Blue on one side and mirrored on the other, her work does not blend but rather reflects, contrasts and compliments the growth of branches (above).

Pictured is her new piece at ArtSpace Maynard in Maynard, Massachusetts. Up through October 15th.

http://www.artspacemaynard.com/exhibit-of-outdoor-sculpture/

Art New England Article

ArtNewEngland_Carolyn Wirth

Tomorrow: Cristina Córdova

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Free Public Lecture with Visiting Artist
Cristina Córdova
Saturday, April 23, 2016
5:00pm-6:00 pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Free and open to the public.

Join us for an evening lecture with internationally acclaimed sculptor Cristina Córdova. Córdova, who was recently named a 2015 United States Artists Fellow through the American Craft Council, will lead us into a deeper technical and intuitive understanding of achieving the human form in clay.
Seats are limited – RSVP for the lecture to Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.